Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

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Magic Johnson's run as President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end, stepping down from his position today.

During an impromptu press conference before the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Johnson told reporters that his position as the team's president did not allow him to be himself.

Johnson was handed organizational control as team president in February 2017 and helped the Lakers land superstar LeBron James as a free agent. "And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador". "And Rondo, I'm not going to play him Tuesday night either unless we're in foul trouble, ejections, those type of things", Walton said following the win over the Jazz.

Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic also was widely thought to agree with Walton's detractors who aren't impressed by the former Lakers forward's offensive game planning and rotations.

The five-time National Basketball Association champion spent just two years in the role but said he had felt "handcuffed" in the position throughout his tenure. I've got a lovely life, so I'm going to go back to that attractive life. I'm gonna go back to that lovely life. Somebody's gonna have to tell my boss. "I had more fun on the other side".

The Lakers issued a statement following Johnson's resignation on Tuesday, thanking Johnson for "all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive". Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers' general manager, saying the decision rested exclusively with Buss, whom he repeatedly called "my sister".

Johnson, however, said he believed the Lakers were on the right track following the arrival of James. "I couldn't face [Buss] to tell her", Johnson continued. He talked about the challenge of having to trade players that he likes. "I don't want to disappoint her".

Johnson said he's had enough of the tampering charges.

"I didn't like that", he said. "I couldn't stand to tell her".